Dr Sudhir Gupta, the forensic head of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), who was heading the panel re-evaluating actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s post-mortem report, recently confirmed in his report that Rajput died by suicide. Demanding justification of the alleged “U-turn” by the doctor, Rajput’s sister Shweta Singh Kirti has demanded an investigation into the matter.
After the Forensic Medical Board ruled out the murder angle, a leaked audiotape of Dr Gupta has been circulating. In which he claimed that the late actor did not end his life but was “murdered”. Shweta took to her Twitter account to share a report by Republic TV and commented that this kind of U-Turn should be explained.
Shweta is now demanding for a fresh forensic investigation.
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What did Dr Gupta say?
“There were no injuries on the body other than of hanging. There were no marks of struggle/scuffle on the body and clothes of the deceased,” Gupta told ANI calling the report “conclusive”. He further added, “The presence of any seductive material was not detected by Bombay FSL and AIIMS toxicology lab. The complete examination of ligature mark over the neck was consistent with hanging.”
According to the Republic TV report, the doctor in an earlier interview in August mentioned the “crime scene has not been kept intact” and how there was “contamination of evidence.” The same report suggests that in a WhatsApp conversation, Gupta also said, “The panel of five doctors of Cooper conducted autopsy…only one is junior level forensic doctor…rest 4 are just medical officer. The panel must be of forensic specialist as per norms. Who constituted the medical board? What was justification for the medical board…by the police?”
Sharing a screenshot of the report, Shweta asked, “Why?”
Commenting on the post-mortem report and how he is being questioned for changing his statements by many, Gupta told India Today, “Yes, everyone doubted when CBI started its investigation. We investigated all doubts and then came with this opinion. Now, there should be no doubts. It was a seven member team of doctors who came to this conclusion that SSR died by suicide.”
Reacting to the reports, Sushant’s family lawyer Vikas Singh had tweeted, “Highly perturbed with AIIMS report. Going to request CBI Director to constitute a fresh Forensic team. How could AIIMS team give a conclusive report in the absence of the body, that too on such shoddy post mortem done by Cooper hospital wherein time of death also not mentioned.”
Highly perturbed with AIIMS report. Going to request CBI Director to constitute a fresh Forensic team . How could AIIMS team give a conclusive report in the absence of the body,that too on such shoddy post mortem done by Cooper hospital wherein time of death also not mentioned .
— Vikas Singh (@vikassinghSrAdv) October 4, 2020
Rajput’s father Krishna Kumar Singh and his family had alleged that actor Rhea Chakraborty, who is now in custody, and her family were responsible for abetment to suicide. Based on his complaint the Patna Police registered an FIR on July 25. Rhea, however, claimed that she was innocent and had nothing to do with the late actor’s death. She had filed a different petition with the Supreme Court, seeking the transfer of the FIR to Mumbai from Patna, alleging that she has been falsely implicated in the case. A parallel investigation is also being carried out by the Enforcement Directorate and the Narcotics Control Bureau. Rhea was arrested by the NCB on a drug-related charge on September 9.
Sushant Singh Rajput was found dead in his Mumbai apartment on June 14. He was 34. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is probing the death. The officials are yet to comment on Dr Sudhir Gupta’s report.
Feature Image Credit: Shweta Singh Kirti Twitter Screenshot